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MOSCOW, May 9. /TASS/. European football chief Michel Platini does not deserve such long suspension from football-related activities, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TAS on Monday.
The Russian sports minister made this statement after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld on Monday the suspension of UEFA Head Platini but reduced the term from six years to four and cut the penalty from 80,000 to 60,000 Swiss francs.
"This is a complex situation and it is difficult to comment on the judicial body’s decision," Mutko said.
"Platini is an outstanding person and a serious organizer. He has done much for UEFA. The causes of his suspension do not deserve such a decision on him… I can only regret about that," Mutko said.
In early October, Platini and then-President of FIFA Sepp Blatter were both suspended for the period of 90 days from their posts as part of the investigation into corruption allegations against them. Among a number of corruption allegations, Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to UEFA President Platini in February 2011.
The adjudicatory chamber of the independent FIFA Ethics Committee held hearings into corruption charges on December 17 and 18, in regard to Blatter and Platini respectively, and on December 21 they were both suspended for the period of eight years from all football-related activities.
The Ethics Committee also subjected both of the football executives to financial fines, obliging Blatter to pay 50,000 Swiss francs (over $50,300) and Platini - 80,000 Swiss francs (over $80,500).
On March 2, FIFA Appeal Committee ruled to reduce the suspension sentences for Palitini and Blatter from eight to six years.
Following the FIFA Appeal Committee’s ruling both Platini and Blatter submitted an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne.